A Hundred Years after World War I
Every war is a defeat of humanity
In 2014, the peace movement will mark the historical anniversary of the end of World War I with critical reflection, creative activities, and new initiatives. We seek to use the centennial as a time to learn from the past and work for a more peaceful future, rather than merely celebrate uncritically the European Union as the new »civil force«.
Today, vast amounts of money, resources, and intellect are being poured into military technology. While the goal of the United Nations is to protect future generations from war, its work is undermined by so-called humanitarian operations that bring destruction in their wake. Germany itself is shifting from a defence army to a global operation troop, is fuelling conflicts worldwide as the world’s third largest arms-exporter, and is engaging in modernizing nuclear weapons instead of abolishing them. For these reasons it is paramount to draw attention to the challenges of the future. In today’s world, every minute a human dies of want and one of every six people worldwide does not have access to clean drinking water.
The peace movement will celebrate 2014 by drawing lessons from peace and war during the last 100 years. It is a challenge to us all: to social movements, scientists, politicians, youth organisations, trade unions, world religions, and to societies as a whole to map out strategies for peaceful conflict resolution.